Karen Altenpohl, E-RYT500 - Founder


Karen took her first Yoga class in 2002 and is the first to admit she found the physical practice first.  Yoga has become an ongoing journey for her into grounding, centering and moving into a place of greater compassion.  Yoga has been transforming on all levels for her, and she continues to study and practice for herself, and to share the gift of Yoga with others.

Karen earned her E-RYT500 through Yogafit and began teaching in 2005. She has studied and been influenced by many different teachers,  particularly;  Doug Keller, Cyndi Lee, Anand Mehrohtra, Judith Lasater, and Michael Stone.  Her classes are alignment-based with special attention to the breath, and moving into mental awareness.  She infuses her slow, free flow style classes with strength work, and attention to stabilization of the joints during deep stretch.  Teaching Yoga to others is a humbling experience and she considers herself always the student first and the teacher second.  

"The purpose of Yoga postures is not about mastering the pose, its about using the pose to understand and transform ourselves. "  Gary Kraftscow



Deborah Stanton, Fitness & Health Instructor    

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Deborah Stanton has been in the health and wellness field for 10+ years. She enjoys helping others reach their goals beyond just the physical, and believes that real health is a balance of nutritional, spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She is currently enrolled and pursuing her certification in the Wellcoaches program. She is always in search of the next level of health, so she can help others discover their best self and experience lasting positive change in their own lives.

Deb’s certifications include: AFFA Personal Trainer / ACE Health Coach / ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist / ACE Group Fitness Instructor / Silver Sneakers Level 1 and 2 / SCW Core Training Specialist /  IFTA Pilates Instructor / Schwinn Cycling Instructor / Kettlebell Pump Instructor

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Sandy Howell, RYT-200 - Instructor 

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Sandy received her RYT200 Yoga training from Ganesha’s Yoga and Wellness in Greensboro in 2017.  Her studies concentrated on vinyasa, yin and restorative Yoga.  Fitness and health have always been a priority and she has always had an interest in Eastern studies.  Sandy took her first Yoga class 15 years ago at the YMCA and has been practicing yoga on and off over the years. To cope with her over-active mind, she decided to deepen her practice and so, enrolled in a teacher training program. The intention was not to teach Yoga, however, she learned that Yoga is transforming on many different levels. Sandy realized sharing Yoga is Yoga.

Sandy’s style of teaching takes one on a journey through breath, alignment and strength, encompassed in a vinyasa flow teaching style.

Sandy grew up internationally and attended High Point University. She is married with two children and dog. 

"Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame." - B.K.S Iyengar

 Kristin Beckett, E-RYT200 - Instructor


I began Yoga in 2000 while pregnant with my first daughter in Homer, Alaska. It was a great time to begin to look inward. Through various meditations and devoted practice I began to realize that Yoga is something I truly believe in. Yoga offers complete well-being and allows our true selves to awaken to happiness. I received my RYT-230 from Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC in 2005. I have taught and practiced since that time. I also received my E-RYT 200 in 2017 after attending Ganesha's Yoga and Wellness YTT in Kernersville, NC.

Presently, I teach Hatha Yoga and feel blessed to have met such dedicated practitioners and instructors sharing their luminous selves. Yoga releases tensions and creates feelings of total peace. We all deserve to nurture our bodies, minds, and spirit.

My style of teaching varies according to the students and their needs. I guide classes using compassion within our bodies. Yoga practice is a whole body experience.  I educate on all eight limbs of Yoga and dedicate much of my personal practice to gratitude.


Jennie Latimer, RYT-200 - Instructor


Jennie is a RYT-200 certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching for over 10 years. She came to Yoga through running and overuse injuries and quickly discovered  the benefits of a Yoga practice. 
Jennie is a native High Pointer but has not lived in the area since college. She is married to Tom Latimer, also from High Point, who is a United Methodist pastor. While living in several areas in the western part of NC, Jennie worked as a counselor in public schools and on the college level. She is happy to be back in the area and to have the opportunity to share this Yoga journey with others!

Christina Hankovszky, RYT200 - Instructor

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 "Before I was born my uncle went on a pilgrimage to Tibet. I have always appreciated the gift of meditation, as well as the Buddhist wisdom that he shared with our family. When I was 14 years old I wrote a report and petitioned my school to include Yoga classes in the curriculum for students of all ages. I have been regularly practicing ever since. I love to work with chakras, mudras, and pranayama, as breath is a huge part of our life force. I teach different styles of Yoga, honoring its roots and history and often adding a creative touch to my classes. I enjoy teaching different styles, be it warm or cool classes which allow our own inner light to shine through. Some styles that I enjoy teaching are: Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin, & Restorative. I am currently an RYT200 Yoga instructor, and working toward my RYT500 in Yoga Therapy, at Ganesha's Yoga and Wellness. Yoga is a wonderful guide through all of our life experiences no matter our age, gender, spiritual beliefs, or physical heath. I am a creative person and enjoy the simple natural gifts of life, such as taking my practice outside and going on adventures with my dog in the woods."

Laura Fonke, RYT-200 - Instructor


Laura Fonke, RYT-200 came into her love for Yoga while attending her first Yoga class in 2012, as a form of exercise and coping with anxiety. She began strengthening her practice over the next six years and decided it was time to leave her desk job and pursue her dream of being a Yoga instructor. She is passionate about the teachings of Yoga and helping others to connect with their inner light through movement and mindfulness.

Marti Lillich, Tai Chi Instructor


Marti is originally from PA where her “martial arts life” began with 6 years of Karate. After moving to High Point, she enrolled in a 2 year instructor training program at the Golden Flower School under Master San Gee Tam who has studied with some of the most well known masters of Tai Chi, QiGong, meditation and personal cultivation. She continues to train regularly and has been teaching for almost 20 years. 

Her most rewarding teaching moments are when students get a sense of their own energy and how to manage it. As they discover that real relaxation is the key to their mental and physical power, they begin to integrate the principles on which Tai Chi is based and find an inner peace. 

Guest Instructors

Shanon Greig, RYT-230 - Instructor

Shanon Greig is a certified 230 hour Yoga instructor who did not predict the practice to hold such a special place in her heart.  She developed a passion for health and fitness during her younger years and maintained a gym routine throughout her college years at Appalachian State University. However, Shanon strongly felt something was missing from her physical practice; she experienced “gym burnout” and a spiritual craving. Aggressive fitness routines were wreaking havoc on her joints and simultaneously not nurturing her spirit.

When Shanon moved to Winston Salem, NC, she unearthed the light of Yoga. Working a full-time desk job revealed a missing mind/body connection. A close friend who taught Hot Yoga and Vinyasa classes got Shanon hooked on the practice. She found Yoga to be invigorating and nurturing after a long work day and refreshing on weekend mornings. As someone who grapples with anxiety and depression, a regular practice has helped Shanon find her roots and realize true contentment comes from within.

Shanon enjoys meeting all types of people and practices silence to derive energy, which aids her in connecting with others. On the mat, she encourages not taking one’s self too seriously, forgiveness, and gentle acknowledgment of imperfection.  Shanon hopes to enrich lives and introduce the joy of Yoga to those who have yet to discover it.

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” –Rolf Gates

Tony Parra, E-RYT500 - Instructor

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Teacher and mentor Tony Parra has been living a Yogic lifestyle for over a decade. Incorporating the full spectrum of Yogic practices into his teachings, he keeps the integrity and tradition of an ancient Yoga style alive, yet remains open to complimentary modern techniques that he has found to be effective in supporting the growth of his students.

Tony believes that there is no area of ones life that is outside of the scope of Yoga and aims to re-establish the ancient duty of the Yoga as mentor, scholar, leader, seer, advisor, and healer, etc. His instructions completely transform his students, increasing their health, wealth, and awareness. He is consistently in a state of growth and inspires others to do so as well. Join him in this enlightening experience! Join him in the joy of Yoga!

Rob Ware, RYT-200 - Instructor

Rob began practicing Yoga as a way to stretch after a cycling class. He soon realized Yoga was much more than flexibility and stretching. Yoga became a major part of his fitness routine when he saw the benefits both on and off the mat. In 2016 he completed his 200 hour teacher training through LifePower Yoga.

Susan Sherrill, RYT-500 - Instructor

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Susan has been teaching yoga for several years and practicing yoga for many more.  The therapeutic & anatomic aspects of yoga are especially compelling to her.  She delights in proving that anyone can do yoga, no matter what their age, shape, or condition.  She completed her Advanced Therapeutic Yoga 500 hour training with Jenny Otto (Body Balance Yoga) in 2013, and Power Vinyasa with Rolf Gates in 2010.  Other training has included workshops with Ana Forrest, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Sadie Nardini, Kate Potter, David Williams, two Yoga Journal Conferences, and Levels 1, 2, and 3 with YogaFit.  In her other lives she is a wife, mom, Quality Improvement Manager at Randolph Hospital, and a registered nurse.  

Barbara Foster, RYT-200 - Instructor


Barb first discovered Yoga 10 years ago as a path to healing and self-care after a significant loss and throughout her journey has found it to be uniquely centering, restorative and uplifting while providing the opportunity for increasing strength and flexibility like no form of fitness. She completed her 200 hour teacher training certification in 2017 at Triad Yoga Institute and is passionate about teaching and encouraging others to discover the benefits of Yoga in body, mind and spirit.